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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mythological? The Unicorn

For all of these verses, I'll put the KJV (Because that's the only version that has the word unicorn in it) and NIV (Because I think it's easier to understand).
God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.
Numbers 23:22 KJV

God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox.
Number 23:22 NIV


The King James Version is the only version of the bible in English that mentions a unicorn, other translation use "wild ox". The unicorn can be used to say that the bible is a fairy tale because we think that unicorns don't exist, but did they? Are they extinct animals that once walked on earth?

The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
Psalm 29:5-6 KJV

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
Psalm 29:5-6 NIV

This psalm has real objects in it, that no one would doubt existed because they still exist. The cedar tree. A calf. And then a unicorn. Why is there doubt that a one horned beast exists, but we don't doubt a baby cow, and a tree...faith is believing in what we do not see (Hebrew 11:1). There are animals that no longer exist, like the dodo bird. And the unicorn is among those animals because the bible is the word of God, and God does not lie.

The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, [and] with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.
Isaiah 34:6-7 KJV

The sword of the LORD is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat--the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in Edom. And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat.
Isaiah 34:6-7 NIV

Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?  Wilt thou trust him, because his strength [is] great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather [it into] thy barn?
Job 39:9-12 KJV

Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will he stay by your manger at night? Can you hold him to the furrow with a harness? Will he till the valleys behind you? Will you rely on him for his great strength? Will you leave your heavy work to him? Can you trust him to bring in your grain and gather it to your threshing floor?
Job 39:9-12 NIV

In Job 38-41, God is describing his awesome creations to Job. The constellations, lighting, lions, donkeys, unicornsostriches, horses, hawks, eagles, behemoths, and leviathans. I'll save behemoths and leviathan for another post. But all those other things are not questioned. We can see them, we can even touch a horse and a donkey. But that's not faith! Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see!

His glory [is like] the firstling of his bullock, and his horns [are like] the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they [are] the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they [are] the thousands of Manasseh.
Deuteronomy 33:17 KJV

In majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim; such are the thousands of Manasseh.
Deuteronomy 33:17  NIV

Why is the bible changing? Why don't we believe in unicorns? Why can't we trust the bible and God? 
Answers in Genesis also has something on their website about unicorns, if you want even more evidence for a unicorns existence, go here: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/aid/v2/n1/unicorns-in-bible

Now faith is the assurance of
things hoped for, the conviction
of things not seen. Hewbrew 11:1 ESV

Want to read about more animals that aren't mythological?

2 comments:

  1. WOW! Great post! I'm a little embarrassed to say it now, but I will anyway, I had never even considered the possibility of a unicorn existing (or once existed.) But after reading your post and the answers in Genesis post, I am absolutely convinced that the unicorn did exist! Thank you for researching and sharing this!
    -Kaycee

    P.S. I'm a tad annoyed though, because now I have that song Agnes in Despicable Me sings stuck in my head. "Unicorns, I love them, unicorns I love them, uni uni unicorns! I looove them!..." <_<

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  2. I was the same way too...I actually came across this post on the "Of Faerie and Faith" blog.

    http://siennanorth.blogspot.com/2011/05/beings-of-faerie-horse-creatures.html

    The I used blueletterbible.org and searched for all the verses that had the word "unicorn" in KJV of the bible and looked up unicorns on answers in genesis. So I was just like you until I somehow found that post...(I guess God wanted me to do a post on unicorns because after I read the Faerie and Faith post, I started my mythological series.)
    -Ruth

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